Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Department of Homeland Perversity

You probably know Brian J. Doyle's name by now. Until today, he was, a Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary. Now he is a suspended-without-pay deputy press secretary.

Yesterday, Doyle was arrested in a Washington D. C. suburb on 23 charges of "using a computer to attempt to seduce a child and transmitting sexually explicit materials." The charges were filed by Florida law enforcement officials in Polk County.

Why Florida? As the New York Times reported, "Mr. Doyle thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl, when in fact he was on line with a Polk County police detective."

Scripps-Howard News Service was among the first to report that Doyle is not the only high-level DHSS employee to be arrested on sex-related crimes in Florida. As an archived Tampa Bay On-Line article stated last October--
One of the top federal law enforcement officials in Florida -- the former head of a national program targeting child predators -- has been arrested on charges he fondled himself in front of a teenage girl in an Orlando mall.

Frank Figueroa, 49, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday, less than two months after he took the helm of the Tampa office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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He is accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of a 16-year-old girl Tuesday night at the food court of The Mall at Millenia.

Figueroa was charged with "disorderly conduct" and exposing himself in public. We aren't sure "irony" is the exact word, here, but that's really something for a guy who has been described as "one of Florida’s highest-ranking federal law enforcement officers and the former head of a national program formed to target child sex predators."

Today, Doyle was arraigned on his charges, and Figueroa entered a plea of "no contest" and was found guilty on his charges of disorderly conduct and exposing his genitals in public.

"Special Agent" Figueroa was truly a high-level honcho at Homeland Security. Less than two weeks before his own arrest, he was showered with credit along with U.S. Attorney Paul Perez for collaring five men and two women on charges described as "conspiracy to transport individuals for sexual activity." Another 43 illegal aliens were rounded up in the case.

It almost sounds like a Law and Order episode, doesn't it?

But wait! There will be more!

Bloggers with connections to Homeland Security are just now beginning to chime in with allegations against other alleged perverts in the department.

Feel any safer yet?

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